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Begun in 1915 and located on the campus of Southern Methodist University, Southwest Review is the third oldest, continuously published literary quarterly in the United States. Selections from Southwest Review have been reprinted in volumes of The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, The Best American Poetry, New Stories from the South, and elsewhere.
FICTION: We have published fiction in widely varying styles. We prefer stories of character development, of psychological penetration, to those depending chiefly on plot. We have no specific requirements as to subject matter.
NON-FICTION: Articles published by the Southwest Review embrace almost every area of adult interest: contemporary affairs, history, folklore, fiction, poetry, literary criticism, art, music, and the theatre. Material should be presented in a fashion suited to a quarterly that is not journalistic and not terribly overloaded with academic apparatus or jargon. It should not be too specialized, after the manner of papers that appear in "learned journals" of different fields of study.
POETRY: It is hard to describe the Southwest Review’s preference in poetry in a few words. We always suggest that potential contributors read several issues of the magazine to see for themselves what we like. But some things may be said: We demand very high quality in our poems; we accept both traditional and experimental writing; we place no arbitrary limits on length; we have no specific limitations as to theme.

Southwest ReviewUnited States
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Submission Periods

FCurrently open to fiction submissions through Sunday, May 31, 2015 (65.1 days from now).8
NCurrently open to non-fiction submissions through Sunday, May 31, 2015 (65.1 days from now).2
PCurrently open to poetry submissions through Sunday, May 31, 2015 (65.1 days from now).6

Genres, Styles & Subjects

 Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms, including: Experimental poetry, Formal verse.
 Subjects:Open to all/most Subjects, including: Art/Architecture, Books/Literature, History, Music, Politics/Current Events, Social Issues, Theater/Performance Arts.

Types & Lengths

RArticle3500 - 7000 words
YEssay3500 - 7000 words
PPoemno line limits known; up to 6 pieces
SShort Story3500 - 7000 words

Media & Publication Frequency

PPrint PublicationPublished 4 x per year


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FShort fictionT Token payment (under 1 US cent per word).
NShort non-fictionT Token payment (under 1 US cent per word).
PPoetryT Token payment (under US$5 per poem).

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  Electronic SubsPostal SubsReprintsSimultaneous
FFiction OK $ OK No No
NNon-Fiction OK $ OK No No
PPoetry OK $ OK No No

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Date Added:
11 Feb 2006
Last Updated:
16 Jan 2015
Last Checked:
05 Mar 2015